California school district spending and test scores

Sulphur Springs Union Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Sulphur Springs Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,037   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

828   Median: 783

$8,037 spent per student ($44.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Middletown Unified $8,043
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary $8,040
Wright Elementary $8,040
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary $8,037
Buena Park Elementary $8,034
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) $8,828
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) $8,418
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) $8,390
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) $8,306
National Elementary (5,566.00) $8,128
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) $8,084
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) $8,037
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary $8,037
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Newhall Elementary $7,056

828 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Island Union Elementary 828
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary 828
Grenada Elementary 828
Cuddeback Union Elementary 828
Novato Unified 827
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) 828
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) 804
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) 799
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) 797
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) 794
National Elementary (5,566.00) 789
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Newhall Elementary 896
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary 828
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Los Angeles Unified 709
A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12